Street Youth and Information Technology: An Exploration of Social Inclusion and Exclusion

By Jeff Karabanow and Ted Naylor.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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The vast majority of research concerning street youth has focused upon etiology and street culture. Such investigations have been concerned with how young people enter street life and the myriad of activities associated with street survival. This paper takes a different, yet complimentary, approach and highlights the experiences of 20 Halifax street youth vis-à-vis information-communication technologies (ICTs). This study begins to explore how young people living on the street in one Canadian city understand, experience and access ICTs. Equally important, the study demonstrates the complexity, nuances and tensions of how and why street youth can feel both “hooked up” and “left behind” within an ever-emerging technology-driven global culture.

Keywords: Street Youth, Homelessness, Information Technology, Social Exclusion, Marginalization

The International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp.253-260. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 547.526KB).

Dr. Jeff Karabanow

Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Dr. Jeff Karabanow is an associate professor at the School of Social Work and Cross-Appointed with International Development Studies and Health and Human Performance at Dalhousie University. His teaching interests involve community development, social policy, research methodology, organizational theory and international social work. Jeff has worked with street youth in Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, India and Guatemala. He has published numerous academic articles about street youth culture and has completed a film documentary looking at the plight of street youth in Guatemala City. His most recent works include: a book titled Being Young and Homeless: How youth enter and exit street life (2004, Peter Lang USA) which chronicles the stages of street engagement and disengagement for homeless and runaway youth; and a National Homelessness Initiative funded study (2005; in press) looking at how young people across Canada navigate their way out of street life.

Ted Naylor

Provisional PhD Candidate, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta

Ted Naylor is currently a manager and researcher with the Atlantic Centre for the Study of the Information Society, Mount Saint Vincent University ( Aside from his managerial work within academia, Ted is also completing a doctoral dissertation at the University of Alberta focusing on changes and challenges in Canadian higher education.


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